Ringtonator and 'Proper' Ringtone Files

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Sep 13, 2007.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Ringtonator provides a easy to use application which "converts" an AAC file into a Ringtone from iTunes' perspective.

    The application modifies metatags based on a followup discovery by Cleverboy about what exactly distinguishes a Ringtone from a Song files in iTunes.

    In essence, Apple introduced an additional tag-type that identifies a Ringtone. These tags can be modified by Atomic Parsley manually and should provide a relatively future-proof method to convert songs into Ringtones that iTunes recognizes and treats correctly.
    Ringtonator is a Mac application, but Atomic Parsley is available for both Mac and Windows.

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  2. macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2007
    I think Apple is going to have a very long battle trying to keep people from making their own ringtones for free. In the end, I think free ringtone programs will win.
  3. macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2007
    St. Louis
  4. macrumors 6502


    Oct 17, 2006
    Harlem, NY
    I think they essentially already gave up by charging $1.98 to get the ringtone (and song). They must have figured that some people wouldn't know how to make it for free and are trying to at least get a little revenue from those people
  5. macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2006
    Green Cove Springs, FL
    I gave this a try.

    My new ringtone does show up in the ringtone list in both iTunes and on my iPhone ringtone list in iTunes, however, it does not sync to my iPhone. Before anyone asks, I did select the new ringtone in the iPhone sync tab.

    Has anyone gotten this to work?

  6. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
  7. Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    I'm trying this out on Winduhs and AtomicParsley doesn't seem to be working correctly... I'll have to play with it more later.
  8. macrumors member

    Dec 5, 2003
    Saint Paul, MN
    Has anyone actually received a call using their new ringtone? I downloaded MakeiPhoneRingtone yesterday, and it transferred the files fine and they played on my phone, but during an actual call or alarm setting, my phone would only play the Marimba tone.

    If this fixes that, then I'm excited.
  9. macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    I've received calls using ring tones I made with Audacity/MakeiPhoneRingtone yesterday.
  10. macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    The majority of people won't be bothered with hacks and will just buy their ring tones. You're falling into the trap of believing that the majority of iPhone users are like you, when in reality the majority will be less bothered about paying 99 cents than finding a work around.

    You realise that other providers charge $3 for a ringtone right? Compared to that Apple's ringtones are a good deal. Not that I would ever buy one myself, but then again, I don't like the idea of my phone playing badly distorted music when it rings.
  11. macrumors 6502


    May 25, 2006
    Seattle (M$ Country)
    Assuming you didn't use either of the Ringtone Makers listed in the post, it sounds like you added the Meta data (the stik), retagged it with .m4r so iTunes would recorgnize it.

    Now you have to go into your iTUNES Library/Ringtones folder and rename it again to .m4a, then it should sync properly.

    "Make an iPhone Ringtone" does this automatically (at least it did for me on one of my computers).
  12. macrumors 604


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida

    I dont think these apps support Windows.
  13. Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    No you misunderstood. These ringtone apps use a program called AtomicParsley which lets you edit the metadata within MP4 files. It works on Macs and Windows. I am trying to get AtomicParsley to work on Windows and am not having luck.
  14. macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2007
    Good 'ol USofA
    I've Created a nice Workflow

    I've created a nice workflow that allows you to make ringtones with hardly any effort at all. Be sure to read the instructions to set it up. After that, the only thing you have to do is customize your ringtone in GarageBand.

    It's very easy to use! Select a song in iTunes, and under the script menu choose "Convert to Ringtone". From there you're taken to GarageBand to choose what part of the song. Another scripts turns it into a ringtone compatible with the iPhone and sends it straight to iTunes. You can use any song in your iTunes library that is not protected under DRM. As long as GarageBand can import it, it will work.

    It uses iTunes, AppleScript, Automator and GarageBand as well as the MakeiPhoneRingtone application (v1.1).

    Let me know what you think!

    Here's the link: http://www.summitnorthwest.org/RingtoneMaker/

    I'm fairly new to this, so I just ask that you make sure to give me credit if you do anything with it. However, it's pretty basic, and I'm sure many of you could have done a better job :).
  15. macrumors demi-god


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    So far, I have only gotten iToner to successfully send ringtones over via my Mac. And yes, they do play when the contact calls.

    I tried MakeiPhoneRingtone and it created the ringtones in the iTunes folder and tab, but they will not sync over in 7.4.2.

    I have yet to try iRing2 and Ringtonator.
  16. macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2007
    Good 'ol USofA
    In iTunes 7.4.2? I wasn't aware there was a more current version than 7.4.1... Have you tried my scripts? If not, please try it and see if it works for you. If it doesn't work for syncing to your iPhone, please let me know.

  17. macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2006
    I have successfully gotten the ringtones to work in iTunes 7.4.1 Windows version using AtomicParsley-win32-0.9.0. at the command prompt. I first dragged the mp3 file into iTunes then right clicked and chose convert to AAC then I moved the file too the Ringtones folder and changed the extension to .m4r then I double clicked it and it added to the ringtones list. Then I made a copy of the file and changed it’s extension too .m4a again at that point I ran AtomicParsley against the file (example) lets say the file was called “CTU24.m4a” I then ran the command AtomicParsley CTU24.m4a --stik value=14 that outputted a file with a name of ctu24-temp01253.m4a or something similar I then took the output file and put that in the ringtones folder and renamed it CTU24.m4a so now I have a CTU24.m4a and a CTU24.m4r and when I sync all is perfect. If I take out the m4r it wont appear in my ringtone list so I left both files and it works great.
  18. macrumors member

    Dec 5, 2003
    Saint Paul, MN
    I wanted to see if it was something wrong with my phone, so I downloaded a ringtone off iTunes, and it did the same thing - Marimba was the tone that rang. Soooo...I did a system restore, and voila! Ringtones work perfectly.

  19. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 23, 2003
    iTunes 7.4.2

    Looks like they closed this loophole in 7.4.2.
  20. macrumors 65816


    Aug 4, 2007
    Instead of always going through iTunes, people should focus on tapping into the iPhone and planting files... though that may result in breakage upon syncing... bah just give us free ringtones already Apple.

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